On the Block

Charlestown choices

Homes with multiple floors and multiple options in urban living.

By Elizabeth Gehrman
September 13, 2009

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$379,000 53 North Mead Street, Unit C7 Square footage 1,135

Condo fee $273 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $4,105

Last sold for $345,000 in 2003

PROS The main living space in this modern third-floor walk-up is open and airy, with room for a generous dining table as well as a smaller breakfast table in the kitchen, which has a large pantry, dark-stained cabinets, and a stainless-steel fridge. The ceiling soars to accommodate a mezzanine office space accessible by a spiral staircase. Downstairs, two bedrooms share a hall bath. The condo comes with extra storage as well as a garage space. The 28-unit building is mostly owner-occupied and has a common courtyard.

CONS It’s near busy Medford Street.

CONTACT Frank Celeste, Gibson Sotheby’s, Charlestown, 617-872-3227,

$579,000 13 Bartlett Street Square footage 1,200

Lot size 937 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 2 half

2009 taxes $3,567

Last sold for $525,000 in 2007

PROS What this former worker’s cottage lacks in space, it makes up for in charm. The street level, with original plank flooring, has a living room and a family room or bedroom, which is separated from the living room by French doors and contains a half bath; the two rooms share a glass-front gas fireplace. The lower-level kitchen has beamed ceilings, a brick beehive oven, and sliders to the cozy patio. Also downstairs are a washer-dryer and a half bath. The third-floor master has an en suite bath and cathedral ceilings.

CONS The house sits right up against the sidewalk.

CONTACT Claire Shea, Coldwell Banker, Boston, 617-335-1856,

$859,000 26 Shipway Place, Unit 26 Square footage 2,033

Condo fee $767 per month

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full, 1 half

2009 taxes $7,923

Last sold for $320,000 in 1996

PROS Many updates have been made to this triplex condo with water and skyline views off the third-floor balcony. On the first floor are a guest bedroom and bath and a master with an en suite bath, a walk-in closet, and sliders to a private patio. On the second floor are a sunny living or dining room with cathedral ceiling, a half bath, and a large top-of-the line kitchen that could easily fit a table for eight. The third floor, intended as a living room, is currently being used as a bedroom and office.

CONS There’s no bath on the third floor.

CONTACT Ruth Ann Bowers or George Jedlin, Coldwell Banker, Boston, 617-266-4430,